HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — OCTOBER 13, 2017 — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) present the mainland concert premiere of GRAMMY Award winners Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho’s new album, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea. Following a sold-out 24-show tour in Japan and Hawaii earlier this year, Los Angeles audiences will be treated to two special events celebrating Gibson Guitar legend Matsumoto and ukulele virtuoso/multi-instrumentalist Ho’s debut album. First, the duo will kick off their mainland premiere with an intimate Q&A and exclusive live performance – An Evening With Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho – at the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm. Then, four days later, a sensational live concert experience – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – will rock JACCC’s Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The performance will start at 7:00pm, and tickets range from $39 for balcony seating to $49 for orchestra seating. For additional information on the artists’ debut collaborative album, please visit. Tickets to the GRAMMY event can be found here and tickets for the Aratani concert can be found here.
The prolific duo’s first project together – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – which was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, debuted at #1 in Japan upon its release on February 8, 2017. In a role-reversal, the album channels Ho’s inner rock star and Matsumoto’s love for the relaxing pace of Hawaii.
As Ho explains, it features an original collection of contemporary compositions rooted in the artists’ native cultures, “Our album is a musical convergence of our island cultures of Japan and Hawaii. We used traditional instruments like ‘ukulele, slack key guitar, ipu heke, taiko, sanshin, koto (June Kuramoto from the group Hiroshima recorded the koto parts) in our original music.” The almost entirely original, instrumental album sports one song with vocals by Ho, a cover of Journey’s ballad “Faithfully.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017) — The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to speak to musical artist Heather LaRose. Earlier this month, Heather dropped a new track on all platforms called Mixtape. Mixtape is pop music with a synth/electronic music backdrop. This is fun music that you might listen to at the gym or while driving your car. It’s been about two years since Heathers project “Beachside” came out. We wanted to ask her about her latest project called “Mixtape” and see what she’s been up to lately.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC); Could you tell us a little about Mixtape? How did you select this song for your latest musical release?
(HLR); I wrote Mixtape after my ex liked a photo of mine on Facebook, and then obsessively played a mix CD he made me the summer before. I’ve been writing a lot of new material about so many different experiences and feelings, but Mixtape just felt like the song I wanted to listen to right now. It’s my summer jam: high-energy and optimistic, admittedly a little “extra,” but that’s just who I am!
(HPC); Could you tell us what genre of music Mixtape falls into, in your opinion.
I’d say it’s a modern “Top 40” style pop song, with a slight mix of tropical house. Mixtape differs from my previous record, Beachside in many ways. It still has those recognizable Heather LaRose pop melodies and singalong choruses, but now I know myself a lot better and am writing with a totally confident mentality, which I think really comes through in the music.
(HPC); What’s your songwriting process like? How do you come up with an idea and then record it in the studio?
(HLR); I always seem to get the best new song ideas while I’m driving… there’s something about driving that really frees up your mind – feeling that breeze rushing through your hair while the sun is shining? It’s definitely different every time though: with Mixtape it all started from the moment I got that notification on Facebook, and I just locked myself in my room all day until I finished it. Other times, the chorus or verse will pop into my head and the rest of the song will come to me later. I’m very inspiration driven, and I like to essentially allow the song to write itself.
(HPC); What was it like to work with MTV on your song “New Moon” which was featured on MTV’s show “Teen Wolf”?
(HLR); Pure Teen Wolf magic! I binge watched the third season, and then wrote “New Moon.” I was so honored to hear back from the Music Director and have New Moon featured in the fourth season! And then the Teen Wolf fans are so beautifully intense and interactive, and also gave me a huge boost. They have supported me so much in my career through listening to my music and coming to my shows. I love meeting them at my concerts – they always make really cool posters, it’s awesome!
(HPC); You started in New York’s Westchester area, and now you’re in Los Angeles. What was the transition like?
(HLR); LA is the anti New York, so it’s really funny being out here. People’s personalities are a total 180 from the New York crowd, but I love the artistic community and support here. We all lift each other up and are each other’s friends and fans. It has made the transition much easier knowing I have families on both coasts!
(HPC); Do you have a favorite coast? West coast or East coast?
(HLR); West Coast is the best coast of course! But whenever I’m away from my NY homies I miss them like crazy, but we have these epic snap streaks that go on for months! However, my style of music is totally more West Coast, so it makes sense for me to be out here.
(HPC); Could you talk about your relationship with your mother? Did she help you get to where you are today?
(HLR); My mom is amazing! We are super close – she calls me at least once a day and we talk for hours. She and my father have been my biggest support system throughout my whole life. If I didn’t have their full support about my choices with my career, I would have nothing.
(HPC); It looks like you’ve become quite a social media influencer. How do you use your social media to promote your music?
(HLR); I started out my Instagram posting selfies and promoting shows, and it just expanded from there! My friends all say I talk too much, but I think that really helps with my Instagram account! I love meeting the people who reach out and like my posts. Just last week I met with a group of girls in Manhattan right before a fashion week event I was going to. We had plans to meet up for lunch but I got locked out of the apartment I was staying in so we met up at Union Square’s Forever 21 and they helped me pick out my Fashion Week outfit then grabbed some Chik-fil-A and ran over to the event. Over the years, I’ve become more deliberate about what I post and promote, but I will never stop talking to people who dig my music, fashion, and cool pictures!
(HPC); Is there any musician that you’ve worked with in the past that you learned a lot from?
(HLR); During High School and college at Lagond Music School, I studied with Darryl Tookes and Paul Maddison. They both helped mold and shape my career and taught me so much about performing and the music business.
(HPC); Is there a musician that you’re looking forward to working with in the future?
(HLR); I would love to produce a song with BloodPop – the remix they did for HAIM is amazing! I’m also super obsessed with Justin Beiber’s new tune “Friends.”
(HPC); You have so many interests and talents. You’re in music, and fashion. Any plans to start your own clothing line?
(HLR); Not just yet. But, I’m trying my hand in designing band merch, so I’m super excited to unveil new tees and maybe some more unexpected items…
(HPC); What’s one thing that would surprise people about you?
(HLR); Growing up I loved catching frogs in my backyard and use to pretend to be Steve Irwin (rip) so when I’m older and have a family I want to host a show on Animal Planet and travel the world teaching people about animals.
Thanks for taking your time to speak with us and our readers! Check out Mixtape on YouTube!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 —The 11th annual EcoLuxe Lounge Celebration was held at the Beverly Hilton’s Wilshire Gardens this Emmys weekend.
Celebrity guests at Ecoluxe included Gretchen Rossi, Allen Maldonado, Tara Reid, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Caitlin Carmichael, Dee Wallace-Stone, Donna Spangler,
Heather McComb, Renee Olstead, Slade Smiley and many more!
Debbie Durkin’s Ecoluxe honored 2017 Emmy nominees in support of Autism Changes. Autism changes is a non-profit foundation bringing awareness to autism communities around the world. Funds from the foundations are dedicated to inclusion programs offering behavioral and educational support for children. A new book on Autism has been released, Jose’s Journey to Acceptance by Author and founder of Autism Changes, Dennis Vanesse.
Celebs and Creative-types enjoyed a brunch curated by Chef Alberico’s farm-to-table concept complete with champagne, while Dennis Miller kept the music spinning.
During Eco Luxe Emmy weekend there were many beauty products featured including Zein Obagi. The brand featured its daily skin care products and Ossential pore refining treatments. ZO Skin Health develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies. Through comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients, ZO Skin Health, Inc. bridges the gap between therapeutic treatment and daily care.
Some of the featured brands this year included Chariot Luggage, perfect for your next jet setting adventure! Chariot had many options for luggage including high-tech plastics in a variety of solids and prints. Although travel is important, looking great is too! Good thing many clothing and jewelry designers were on hand this Emmy’s weekend!
A crowd favorite was Liv & B which specializes in using high quality gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, and other metals to enhance the beauty behind every piece. Event goers received beautiful “Madeline” pearl earrings.
Excoluxe lounge by far had the best in beauty, food, and fun this Emmy season. Follow Press Pass LA for the latest in Emmy season coverage.
The much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival rolled out it’s red carpet for it’s first annual festival featuring celebrities and awardees such as Emmy winning actress Judi Evans of Days of Our Lives, Natalie Burn, Jamie Bernadette, Iyad Hajjaj, Massi Furlan, Stephanie Spruill and many others in attendance at their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.
In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film also received a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions. This was a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge. Traci Lynn Cowan and Ryder Davidson co-hosted the awards ceremony.
This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”
It was also Simon’s birthday. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday party. To be able to spend the day with talented fellow filmmakers while providing a platform for creative people to come under the same roof to celebrate art. The turnout was more than I ever hoped for! It was a great success. Love, laugh, live and follow your dream,” he added.
Simon, himself, has an interesting background as he was born and raised in Haiti. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.
Here’s a list of winners from the festival:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Judi Evans
Best Docu Feature: Isis Crisis by Dr. Elham Madani, who was also awarded best female director
Best TV episode: Bad Pizza by Mark Schaefer
Best Animation: Sweet Tooth by Kelse Whitfield
Best Short Film Thriller: Strangers in a Book by Marc Rezvani
Best Drama Short Film: As We Say Goodbye by Jhosimar Vasquez
Best Action Short: Among Us by Joss Gomez
Achievement in Film: Robert Parham
Rising Stars: Carolyn Dupree, Brooklyn Robinson, Alexander Man, Lillian Lev, Jamie Bernadette
Achievement Award winners: Natalie Burn, Iyad Hajjaj, Stephanie Spruill, Shane Sparks, Bobbie Chance and Massi Furlan
Best Horror Slasher: Prey in Cold Blood by Alex T. Hwang
Entertainer Award: Sonia Harley
Achievement in Fitness: Traci Lynn Cowan
Media Award winners: Mark Sevier, Stephen Ingves, JP Beaulieu, Orlando Jose, Guillermo Proano, Shane Silvester, Roland de Guzman, Svetlana Krapivina, Ryan Nguyen, Cerdan Smith of cdaem, and HPC’s own Vida G!
HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 — The 6th Annual Red CARpet Safety Event was recently held at Sony Studios in Culver City. The annual Red CARpet Safety event is an engaging and educational way for parents and children to learn about car safety. Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are not properly installed? Many celebrity parents and influencers scoped out the event.
Celebrities in attendance included: Jamie Presley, Ali Landry, Marla Sokoloff, Tammin Sursok, Ali Fedotowsky, Essense Adkins, Amy Davidson, Megan King Edmonds, Catherine McCord, Kathleen Robertson, Rusty Joiner, Courtney Friel, Shiri Appleby, Kristine Lazar, and more!
The event had tons of brand activations including City Moms . This exciting new app allows parents to explore local offerings for child care, classes, and local family fun.
Also in attendance was Kinder Ready, Inc., the leading provider in supplemental education in the Santa Monica/West LA area. Kinder Ready provides one on one learning in home or in the company’s new Brentwood office. Founder Elizabeth Fraley, M.Ed. and the Kinder Ready team offer assessments, one on one learning, drop in weekend care, and academic summer camps. Kinder Ready™ is a specialized program designed for 3-5 year olds. Elementary Wise is designed to enhance learning for ages 6 to 12. Kinder Ready’s teaching staff is familiar and trained in various educational philosophies (Bank Street, Waldorf, Reggio Emilio, Montessori, etc.) which make it a great well-rounded program to check out!
Co-founder, Jennifer Gardner’s new organic food line, Once Upon A Farm, was also at the recent event. The brand was founded on the idea of providing yummy and nutritious “farm-to-family” foods to kids of all ages.
At the event, car seat safety demonstrations on Diono Pacificas, Radians and Rainiers car seats were available. A “coaster area” little ones to learn about activity safety with Step2 Xtreme Coasters and Up & Down Coasters. Don’t forget your helmet! Step2 also provided a play zone play houses, kitchens, and floor activities.
Were already gearing up for next years event in 2018!
The much anticipated horror film, “Blood Runs Thick,”which stars legendary actor Tom Sizemore,will have it’s world premiere on October 31st, appropriately on Halloween, at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theater at 6pm.
Rising to prominence in the 90s, Sizemore has starred in iconic films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ ‘Natural Born Killers’ ‘Heat’ ‘Blackhawk Down’ ‘True Romance’ and ‘Point Break’ and many others. This film has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Emmy winning soap stars Matthew Ashford and Judi Evans, Emily Killian, Alexander Man, Brooklyn Robinson, Isaac Rhino, Aaron Doh, with special appearances by Lilian Lev, Anjelika Kaufman-Joyce-JP Joyce, ,Ewart Chin, Karra Mane, and Carolyn Dupree.
“Blood Runs Thick” is about Vikki (Killian), a beautiful young woman, who struggles with frightening hallucinations and a crumbling mental state after her husband goes missing.
This compelling film was produced by Lucky strike Films studio LLC. This film was directed by noted filmmaker Romane Simon and written by Simon and Rhonnie Fordham, who has collaborated with Simon before.
“It was great working with Tom Sizemore , he is one of my favorite actors and to be on the same set with him and directing him was truly a great experience,” said Simon.
Romane Antoine Simon, is also the author of best selling novel (Red to Black-The Power of Love). He’s a thriving young filmmaker from Haiti. He was determined to get to the place where he could paint his own screen stories and images he hungered for the world to know about.
Romane finally arrived in Hollywood & quickly made himself known among others who had a similar passion for film which resulted in a new world of cinematic magic. His dream took root & before he knew it, he was yelling ACTION! And his successful film-making journey began.
This was only a few years ago and Romane has continually directed feature films with big stars making the industry feel his artistic power and passion for story-telling on a grand scale.
On Friday, September 22nd, Laura Sharpe, Founder of Artists For Trauma (AFT) and Aaron Baker, Co-Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise, and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com, as a part of the Together We Rise Team, will climb the typically closed to
the public, US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs, equaling 75 floors at 1,664 steps, averaging 22 steps per floor. Laura and Aaron are both of whom are polytrauma survivors that are climbing for those can’t. This event has an average of 4,000 participants and is a fun Block Party in the streets of LA, complete with games, live bands, food trucks, and a beer garden. ALL the proceeds go to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA charity.
WHO: VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, Founder of Artists for Trauma, and Aaron Baker, Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com
WHEN: September 22nd, press check-in at 3:15, event 3:30-8pm Please join the Together We Rise team of Laura, Aaron and Steve will climb the stairs
WHERE: US Bank Tower Building 633 West Fifth Street; Los Angeles, California
PARKING: The organizers highly recommend carpooling, lyft or uber or other garages in the area.
RSVP: Please RSVP at email@example.com
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 — Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with Grammy Nominated engineer Ariel Chobaz (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake) to release a new ProMix Academy video on mixing hiphop. Chobaz has mixed and recorded over 40 GRAMMY winning or GRAMMY nominated HipHop and R&B artists from Eminem to Snoop Dogg.
In this 4 + hour course, you’ll learn techniques, tips, and tricks that big-time mixers use to craft massive hits. Chobaz takes you through his entire mixing process from start to finish and explains his thought process and the mixing techniques he uses in real time.
Chobaz walks the viewer through every step of the way from completely raw tracks to a radio-ready mix, and takes you through the common issues you face when mixing HipHop and shows you how to handle them with confidence. This tutorial explains how to mix knocking kick drums and growling 808s, how to acieve a raw and in your face rap vocals sound, how to to use various special FX to liven up your samples, create breakdowns and build tension in your mix by using automation, and how to take your mix to a competitive level, so it can stand up next to any commercial release without losing low-end impact, causing distortion, or a ‘pumping effect.’
To learn more or purchase the course please click here;
(BURBANK) September 19, 2017 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 63rd birthday at Tallyrands in Burbank. So many friends, family and jazz legends stopped by to pay their respects and say Happy Birthday to Brandino. The evening was all about Brandino, but the amazing Jazz talent that was in the room was astounding.
A few of the people that watched Brandino blow out his candle were; LA Jazz legend John Heard. John is known for his work with Pharaoh Sanders, Count Basie and George Duke. Chatting with John was LA Jazz singer Janis Mann. Janis sings at clubs like Charlie O’s (when it was still around), Catalinas and the A Frame.
San Francisco Jazz bass player, Karl Vincent, stopped by to pay his respects to Brandino. Karl was relaxing and chatting with session jazz violin player, Crystal Alforque. Crystal has done session work with Brandino.
Kenny Elliot was also at the party. Kenny is known for his work with the Lou Rawls band. Kenny had a great time and seemed to get everybody laughing.
James Leary is a legendary bass player who has played with Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. James was at Brandino’s side when Brandino blew out his candle.
Also hanging out and posing for pictures was Quentin Denard. Quentin is a legendary drummer from Detroit.
For those who don’t know, Brandino is a 7 time Grammy Awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. There are really so many projects over the years that it’s hard to tell his story in one article. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino has worked with so many people. Andre 5000, Stevie Wonder, and so many of the jazz legends have worked with Brandino. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) September 16th, 2017 — The non profit horse sanctuary, known as Skydog Sanctuary, hosted a VIP event in Malibu that introduced their organization to Malibu and Los Angeles. They are raising awareness for their cause and reaching out for volunteers. Skydog Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that provides sanctuary for horses that have been neglected, abused or wound up in kill pens. Guests at the luxe event where invited meet some of the beautiful horses and come together for a good cause.
The afternoon was idyllic and relaxed. Wise BBQ provided delicious bites and refreshments. Actress Kyle Richards was on hand to support this philanthropic event. Kyle worked with the late Tobe Hooper on the movie Eaten Alive. Kyle is most recently featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle attended with her daughter Portia Umansky and sister Kim Richards. Kim is also featured on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kim’s daughter Brooke also came to see the horses with her husband and son Hucksley. Rachel Hunter posed for photos with the horses that she knows so well from past visits to the ranch.
Below Deck Mediterranean star Bobby Giancola and Ariana Madix from Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules walked into the event excited to meet the horses and animals. Ariana was seen filming the horses for her Instagram and also the tortoise. The party was put together by Skydog Sanctuary founder, Clare Staples-Read, who once again hosted a beautiful afternoon at the ranch.
Skydog Sanctuary is a non profit organization that provides a rescue home to at-risk mustang horses in America. They have three locations in Malibu, CA, Calabasas, CA, and Bend, OR. Skydog is a forever home for wild horses providing sanctuary for mustangs that have wound up in kill pens, at auction, or being neglected, starved, or abused. Many of these horses are recused hours away from being shipped to slaughter in Mexico or Canada to be killed for their meat and served on foreign dinner plates.
Tragically every year over 150,000 American horses are sent to be inhumanely slaughtered and many of those are mustangs. Skydog Sanctuary’s biggest, most important mission is to shine a spotlight on the issues facing our wild horses while continuing to rescue as many as possible. By spreading awareness of the situation we can show how special, valuable, and unique these wild horse are and create pressure to find alternative solutions that don’t require unnecessary killing, or captivity, for these beautiful animals.
Visit Skydog Ranch for more information on donating or volunteering.